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      Business Studies and Economics

      A range of courses designed to suit students of all abilities. are offered, both vocational and academic in nature.  In Year 10 and 11 students can study Business Studies or Business Studies and Economics at GCSE. At A level, we offer Economics and Business Studies as separate subjects. We encourage students to learn outside the classroom by following the business news, attending conferences and entering nationally organised competitions. We hope they will develop a genuine interest and understanding of the business world whilst enjoying the full support of the department.

      Year 10 and Year 11

      Course

      GCSE Business Studies

      Exam Board/Syllabus

      AQA, Syllabus 8132

      Grade Equivalences

      Grade 9 to 1

      Assessment Route

      Written exam (100%)

      (2 papers, both 1 hr 45 mins worth 50% each)

      Students apply their knowledge and understanding to different business contexts ranging from small enterprises to large multinationals and businesses operating in local, national and global contexts.  Students develop an understanding of how these contexts impact on business behaviour.

       

      Students will apply their knowledge and understanding to business decision making including:

      • The interdependent nature of business activity, influences on business, business operations, finance, marketing and human resources, and how these interdependencies underpin business decision making.

      • How different business contexts affect business decisions.

      • The use and limitation of quantitative and qualitative data in making business decisions.

      What students will learn

      • Business in the real world

      • Influences on business

      • Business operations

      • Human resources

      • Marketing

      • Finance

      How will students be assessed?

       

      At the end of Year 11 there will be 2 exams which will consist of:

      Paper 1

      • Section A - multiple choice questions and short answer questions worth 20 marks.

      • Section B - one case study/data response stimuli with questions worth approximately 34 marks.

      • Section C - one case study/data response stimuli with questions worth approximately 36 marks.

      Paper 2

      • Section A - multiple choice questions and short answer questions (20 marks).

      • Section B - one case study/data response stimuli with questions (approx. 34 marks).

      • Section C - one case study/data response stimuli with questions (approx. 36 marks).

      Course

      GCSE Economics

      Exam Board/Syllabus

      AQA, Syllabus 8136

      Grade Equivalences

      Grade 9 to 1

      Assessment Route

      Written exam (100%)

      (2 papers, both 1 hr 45 mins worth 50% each)

      The subject content looks at economic activity through the lens of consumers, producers, government and the workings of the global economy.  As students go through the course they’re presented with opportunities to focus on real-world issues.  Students should consider and reflect upon moral, ethical and sustainable issues that arise as a result of the impact of economic activity.

      Students should use their economic knowledge and skills to investigate national and global economic situations and issues from the last 15 years.  Students should also be aware of the policies that governments have used to attempt to manage these situations and issues.

      Students will develop quantitative skills relevant to the subject content.  They should be able to make relevant calculations from economic data and be able to interpret data presented in the form of graphs and charts.  Students should be able to recognise the possible limitations of both quantitative and qualitative data.

      What students will learn?

       

      How markets work

      How the economy works

      How will students be assessed?

      At the end of Year 11 there will be 2 exams which will consist of:

      Paper 1 (Consists of Topics 1 – 6)

      • Section A - 10 multiple choice questions followed by a range of calculation, short and extended response questions.

      • Section B - five questions involving a mix of calculations, short and extended responses.

      Paper 2 (Consists of Topics 7-11)

      • Section A - 10 multiple choice questions followed by a range of calculation, short and extended response questions.

      • Section B - five questions involving a mix of calculations, short and extended responses

      • For information regarding a limited number of revision books, which can be purchased through school, please click here.

      Years 12 and 13

       

      Course

      GCE A Level Business Studies

      Exam Board/Syllabus

      AQA  - 7132

      Grades

      A*-E

      Course Entry Requirements

      In Addition To The School Sixth Form Entry Requirements

      GCSE Grade 4 English and Mathematics.

      Assessment Route

      Paper 1 (120 minute exam) 100 marks 33.3% of final grade

      • A Mix of multiple choice, short answer, and essay questions.

      Paper 2 (120 minute exam) 100 marks 33.3% of final grade  

      • Three data response questions.

      Paper 3 (120 minute exam) 100 marks 33.3% of final grade

      • One compulsory case study consisting of six questions.

      The course covers the following topics.

      • What is business?

      • Managers, Leadership and Decision Making.

      • Decision making to improve Marketing performance.

      • Decision making to improve Operational performance.

      • Decision making to improve Financial performance.

      • Decision making to improve Human Resource performance.

      • Analysing the strategic position of a business.

      • Choosing strategic direction.

      • Strategic methods: how to pursue strategies.

      • Managing strategic change.

       

      Learning strategies (include variety of lesson delivery and expectations of study)

      • Investigations

      • Case studies

      • Decision making, role plays and data analysis

      • Group discussions

      • Conferences

      • The use of multi-media

      • Peer assessment (the student’s design and set exams)

      • External Visits

      Course

      GCE A Level Economics

      Exam Board/Syllabus

      AQA - 7136

      Grades

      A*-E

      Course Entry Requirements

      In Addition To The School Sixth Form Entry Requirements

      GCSE  5 in Mathematics and GCSE Grade 4 in English.

      Assessment Route

      Paper 1  (120 minute exam) 80 marks 33.3% of final grade

      • Data response and essay questions.

      Paper (120 minute exam) 80 marks 33.3% of final grade  

      • Data response and essay questions.

      Paper 3 (120 minute exam) 100 marks 33.3% of final grade

      • Multiple choice and case study questions.

       

      The course covers the following topics.

      • Economic methodology and the economic problem.

      • Individual economic decision making.

      • Price determination in a competitive market.

      • Product, cost and revenue.

      • Perfect competition.

      • The labour market.

      • The distribution of income and wealth.

      • The market mechanism.

      • The measurement of macroeconomic performance.

      • Data - How the macroeconomy works.

      • Economic performance.

      • Financial markets and monetary policy.

      • Fiscal policy and supply side policies.

      • The international economy.

       

      Learning strategies (include variety of lesson delivery and expectations of study)

      • Investigations

      • Case studies

      • Decision making, role plays and data analysis

      • Group discussions

      • Learning diagrams and key terms

      • Regular multiple choice tests and practice questions

      • Applying economic theory

      • Investigating and discussing what is happening globally

      • Visits